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Norton SystemWorks 2003

by Symantec See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows Vista Home Basic / 2000 / Me
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista Home Basic / 2000 / Me
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B00006FI0Z
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,440 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


Symantec's Norton SystemWorks 2003 is a smart way to solve computer problems, with full versions of award-winning Symantec products and valuable additional utilities. Norton AntiVirus removes viruses automatically, scans both incoming and outgoing e-mail, and keeps itself updated to defend against new threats without interrupting your work. Now it also detects viruses in instant-message attachments. Norton Utilities optimizes your PC's performance and solves computer problems easily. And Norton CleanSweep removes unwanted programs and files that waste disk space.

The One Button Checkup tool in Norton SystemWorks makes it easy to assess the health of your PC and is now more powerful and flexible than ever. You can customize it to run only the scans you want, schedule scans to run automatically, and undo any changes it makes. Web Tools helps prevent dropped dialup connections when you're online and safely cleans up the clutter left over after Internet sessions. And Roxio's GoBack 3 Personal Edition restores your PC to a healthy state after a serious problem.

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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings February 12, 2003
I have mixed feelings about Norton SystemWorks 2003. On one hand, I'm a longtime user of the SystemWorks family of products, and I feel no Windows computer is complete without vital Norton tools like SpeedDisk and WinDoctor. On the other hand, I've been terribly disappointed with this release of NSW. Here's why:
Primarily, NSW 2003 doesn't include any obvious updates to existing software. I upgraded from NSW 2001, and I really don't see any changes in the functionality of any existing tools. The color scheme and interface has been revised to match Windows XP's friendly pastels and rounded curves, but I really don't see any difference in the way the components actually work. So why upgrade?
Second, NSW 2003 does not play nice with older versions of Windows. In particular, it loads an executable into memory, whether you want to use any "active" tools (such as AntiVirus or Registry Tracker) or not. Under Windows 2000 and XP, this application runs as a service and doesn't cause any problems; but on my Windows 98SE platform, it causes noticeably slower startups and shutdowns, and occasionally causes the system to hang when shutting down. I realize that Windows 98 is now a bit long in the tooth, but Symantec really should have put more effort into making NSW 2003 compatible with Win98 if it is to be advertised as such on the box.
In summary: On one hand, Norton SystemWorks is a solid heir to a useful dynasty of tools for Windows. On the other hand, there is little if any advantage over recent editions of the software, and backwards compatibility is deficient. I suggest that if you have Win2k or XP and do not yet have Norton SystemWorks, pick it up. If you are running an older version of Windows or already have SystemWorks 2001 or later, pass this one by.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hardest software to install ever November 10, 2002
By A Customer
I had the 2002 version and now have 2003. Should be simple, right? Just pop in the disc and upgrade very quickly--wrong! I've now spent approx 4-6 hours and still not complete. You must
first uninstall all previous versions, which I've done. Then I had to download from Symantec website the symclean.exe and still there's files showing on my harddrive that won't let me install the upgrade. This system works is supposed to keep the system running smoothly, but how can it when you can't even get it installed.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bloatware, dangerware, and ... May 20, 2003
I hate to be harsh to products, esp. since I was a huge fan of Norton Utilities back in the late 80s/early 90s. But over the last couple of years I've been disappointed at many Symantec products, which seem more guided by greed than anything else. Peter Norton, where are you?
NSW 2003 continues the tradition of bloatware (lots of files and components, many surreptitiously loaded into your system at runtime even if you don't want them), dangerware (my Windows 2000 laptop went kaput after running WinDoctor and I had to reformat the hard drive), and ripping off the loyal customer (no upgrades from previous versions, as Richard Clayton clearly noted).
If you run Windows 2000 and esp. XP, you already have all the tools to help you diagnose your system and keep it running (except anti-virus). In fact those tools, while not as fancy-looking as NSW, does a much better job and are infinitely more stable. Also, your PC vendor might have given you other free tools like an anti-virus program, which is probably just as good as NAV. If you have Windows 98 or earlier, NSW will very likely crash your system rather than keeping it error-free. I recommend you upgrade to Windows XP, or find a better utility program.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Much New in 2003... September 28, 2002
By J. Yu
I had systemworks 2001 on my computer and i just installed systemworks 2003 two days ago. So far, the only real difference I notice is the one button check-up tool. But then again, the 2001 version had something similar but just didn't have the one button option. If you set this to scan on a set schedule, the one button feature is worthless. Roxio's Go Back is only useful if you're not running XP or ME (XP and ME have their own restore feature). Even if they didn't have this feature, I'm not even sure if I would use the Go Back feature. Even though it's configurable, the standard configuration allocates 10% of the hard drive for GO Back. It may be just me, but 10% seems to be a lot of space for one program.
To sum it up, if you have a previous version of systemworks, I don't recommend you buy this update (unless your anti-virus subscription is up). If you don't have systemworks, this is worth buying.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware: Good, but it's lost some functionality in XP December 13, 2002
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This is an odd split of a review. Norton SystemWorks combines several excellent programs, and Amazon offers the package at an attractive price (including rebates). The problem is that one of the progams, Undelete, doesn't work well in Windows XP. And that was the main reason I bought the package.
Back in DOS-based OS days, Norton's Undelete was a lifesaver. But in XP, Undelete essentially only works prospectively: once you install it, it will undelete files you accidentally erase from that point on. But for things you've deleted prior to installing Systemworks, you're out of luck. And if you do what I did - mistakenly erase photos on your SmartMedia card while it's still in your camera - you seem to be out of luck, too, regardless of when you install SystemWorks: that file is never under Undelete's protection in the first place and so can't be recovered.
After doing some research I've found several other products designed to deal with this scenario - but why doesn't Norton? It seems that their transition to XP was rushed and incomplete - something understandable in the 2002 version, but less forgivable in the 2003.
That said, I'm glad to have the virus protection, the disk assessment, and the other tools, and through Amazon it's a fair price just for those.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Delivery was fine
Memory hog
Published 8 months ago by Mr_Boffo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good program.
SystemWorks does what it claims to do.
Published 9 months ago by Robert Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Anti Virus
I have used Norton, Mc Afee, Trend Micro and Zone Alarm, all highly rated by Consumer Reports. I, at one time or another, had major issues with all of them. Read more
Published on January 11, 2009 by T. Arotsky
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but would never buy again
Not too bad at it's job but just try getting it off your system.
It's like a virus. Get a free one off the Net instead.
Published on February 10, 2008 by Aussie Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Norton, Don't Surf The Internet Without It!!!
Have just recently upgraded to Norton System Works 2005... This program has saved me hours of work and hundreds of dollars... Read more
Published on December 27, 2004 by zcarp
I am an old Norton Systems Works customer, and I have been relatively satisfied with their virus protection, especially the ability to download and upgrade through the Internet. Read more
Published on July 18, 2004 by chris bankole
2.0 out of 5 stars Norton GoBack = Good / Rest of Package = Trouble
I installed this software suite on my home PC about two weeks ago. The problems started almost immediately. Read more
Published on May 5, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars extemely poor support
While it's working it's a good product. But need help and you're in deep doo-doo. I found the answer to my tech support query on the web site, but this didn't work. Read more
Published on February 10, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good utilities.
Others have complained about their system slowing down when the full set of utilities is installed. This is to be expected considering that the antivirus and other programs are... Read more
Published on January 7, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars I HAVEN'T HAD ANY PROBLEMS...
Apparently, some have had problems with System Works 2003...I cannot dispute that, but as for me my experience has been positive...I have an emachine, 1. Read more
Published on January 5, 2004 by J. Cermak
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